Steve Sarkisian just wrapped up his Signing Day press conference. Some quick notes from what he said, including this overall assessment “There’s not going to be too many of these guys that have to come in and play like we’ve had to in the past. We’re at a point now where redshirting guys has become a luxury for us.”:
> When asked about the influence of Tosh Lupoi, Sarkisian said each recruit was a group effort as opposed to singling out kids Lupoi may be responsible for bring into the group.
> Sarkisian said he continue to hunt for length among defensive players, primarily to counter spread offenses.
> He also said they “wanted to address the explosiveness and playmaking ability at the wide receiver position.” Washington brought in three wide receivers, John Ross, Darrell Daniels and Damore’ea Stringfellow. Sarkisian said they were the top targets for Washington and it was able to get them all. “You could argue this is the best corps of wide receivers in the country,” Sarkisian said.
> Sarkisian said offensive lineman Dane Crane could be an “all-conference, All-American type center.”
> Sarkisian on defensive end Marcus Farria: “I’m excited to watch him rush the passer. I think he brings a couple things we might not have in our program right now.” Said Farria was the first to fax in his LOI.
> Kicker Cameron Van Winkle would come in and compete for kicking duties right away.
> Sarkisian also emphasized the influence renovated Husky Stadium has had on recruiting. “I think it’s a game-changer.”
> Sarkisian said he’s not concerned about offensive line depth or depth at running back. Said he expects injured backs Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper to be healed and in the mix.
> He also said Washington will continue to “dabble” outside of the West Coast when grabbing recruits. Trevor Walker, a safety from Texas, was the only one of the 22 recruits not from California, Washington or Arizona.